Special Project

Curated by Giuliana Vidarte

Awakening the sleeping dust of their ancestors brings together proposals by contemporary Peruvian artists that show the close link that exists, and has existed, between the territory -its resources and cycles- and artistic practices. This group of works proposes to rethink historical discourses, recover traditional knowledge, make visible the artistic practices of different communities and recognize the space to which each creator belongs, its particularities and the fundamental link with the context. In addition, in the development of these works, connections are established between creators who identify themselves as traditional artists, artisans, visual artists, contemporary visual artists, designers, among others.

hese projects open up spaces for dialogue and bring spectators closer to the artistic creation processes of the ecosystems that inhabit and transform Peru today. These proposals recover modes of creation from the past and intervene them, emphasizing their cycles of transformation. The projects emerge from the collective and due to the way in which they fluidly establish dialogues, they expand the limits of certain categories and definitions from which artistic work is currently understood. When entering into the details of the process, which is part of each proposal, the challenges of collective work and the tension between preserving a traditional artistic knowledge and deepening experimentation and generation of new ways of creating become evident.

Special Project is located in the entrance hall of Casa Prado.


Giuliana Vidarte

Giuliana Vidarte (Lima, 1981)

Curator, art historian and teacher. She has developed research and exhibition projects on the relationship between visual arts and literature, the rewriting of history from the recovery of unofficial discourses and the history of the arts and contemporary creation from the Peruvian Amazon. She works as a Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and develops projects as an independent curator and researcher. Between 2015 and 2018, she was curator of the research, management and promotion project of Amazonian art Bufeo. Amazonía+Arte. In 2019, she was curatorial assistant of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Between 2018 and 2023, she was Head of Curatorial and Collection at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima.